BBQ Lunch On Marimbani SandBank

Marimbani SandBank, Mafia Island, Coast of Pwani Region, Tanzania

Offered in: English, Italian, German and 5 More

Tour Duration

4 hours (Approximately)

Minimum Group Size

2 Person

Maximum Group Size

50 People

Tour Type

Art & Culture



Minimum Age

Children with 2 years & above

Meeting & Pickup

Pick-up/Drop-off at any place

Cut-off Time

24 hours before start time

Cancellation Policy

May cancel up to 24 hours

Important Information

Children Need to be Accompanied By at Least One Adult

All water based excursions are extremely tide and weather dependent

We don’t offer a pick up or drop off service by car but we’re accessible within a 15 minute walk from most hotels

Our advice:

  • You can combine with Swimming In A Hidden Lagoon and Discover The Secrets Of Chole Island as full day excursion
  • Wear decent (conservative/appropriate) clothes when walking around Island
  • Bring Water resistant bag for cameras and other valuables
  • Comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes
  • Suitable for all ages and fitness level


Marimbani Sandbank is a beautiful half moon shaped Sand Island which slowly appears as the tide starts to go out. Revealing itself for a few hours before all too soon, the Indian ocean trickles back in and swallows it up. The excursion starts with us meeting at the Mafia Diving base and jumping aboard one of our dhows to slowly motor out into the heart of the marine park for some snorkelling. As our stomachs start to grumble, we board the dhow once again to then journey West, within minutes, Marimbani comes into view in all its glory. From the moment the dhow slides up onto the sandy banks of your little private island, it is completely up to you how you spend your time. This is one of the most idyllic spots imaginable to curl up with a book, catch a few sun rays or explore the inter-tidal area and all the creatures it is home to.

While you are getting acquainted with your home for the afternoon, our staff will rustle up a delightful meal to feast upon. Spending the afternoon with your feet in the sand, the ocean breeze on your face and a Swahili style BBQ’s fish on your plate, you will dread the moment it is time to leave. Although we typically visit the sandbank for lunch we can also organise sundowners here as well as a morning of swimming and relaxing.

What's Included

  • Service of Informative, friendly and Experienced Professional Tour guide
  • Meet & Greet Services from your hotel to ensure that your trip is comfort
  • Freshly-prepared delicious seafood BBQ lunch at the sandbank
  • Mineral Water, tea, coffee and small snacks during the tour
  • Snorkeling Gears (life jacket, mask & flippers)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Waiting Charge & Other Service Fees

What's Excluded

  • Medical Insurance if needed
  • Gratuities for Tour Guide or Driver
  • Marine Park fees & Contribution to Local Community payable locally
  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Expenses of a personal Nature
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Visa Fee

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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